Thursday 20 December 2012
The Touchables (1968) - A Lost Swinging London Movie
What is a title of 1968 film written by Donald Cammell, about isolated, decadent rock star surrounded by equally decadent women? Yep, It's Performance. But there's also another film which fits that description - The Touchables. Directed by Robert Freeman (photographer who shot album covers of With The Beatles, Beatles For Sale and Rubber Soul) and released by 20th Century Fox, the film disapperared without a trace shortly after its cinematic release in 1968. It is safe to assume that it was not a box-office hit. To this day, it has never been released on VHS or DVD neither in Britain nor America. I have been trying, so far unsuccesfully, to track down a 'pirate' copy (judging from the amount of clips on YouTube, the film must be obtainable that way).
Trailer for The Touchables.
The Touchables is about four London Mod girls (Judy Huxtable, Kathy Simmonds, Esther Anderson, Marylin Rickard) who kidnap a rock star (David Anthony) and keep him as a sex-toy in a Buckminster Fuller-style geodesic dome.
Marylin Rickard, Esther Anderson, Judy Huxtable and Kathy Simmonds
Donald Cammell reportedly based the character of a rock star on Brian Jones. For me, that's enough of a reason to watch this film.
Even if storyline sounds a bit silly, 60's space-age-era set designs, great costumes and amazing-looking girls should make-up for it. After all, films like Barbarella or Danger:Diabolik earned a status of classics for purely the same reason. Also, the soundtrack was written by great British pop-psych band Nirvana (of 'Rainbow Chaser' fame.)
Clip of the first ten minutes of The Touchables.
Song form The Touchables by Nirvana (UK)
Anyway, If anybody have seen the whole film, please feel free to share your opinion...Oh, and any tips about how to get hold of a copy would be helpful too.